Democrats’ plan to pass President BidenJoe BidenJobs report adds to Biden momentum White House says bills are bipartisan even if GOP doesn’t vote for them Trump calls for boycott of MLB for moving All-Star Game MORE’s infrastructure package and a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 cases are expected to dominate this weekend’s Sunday talk shows.
Democrats are working to determine the best way to pass President Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal, the administration’s second major legislative push after Congress passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
The president unveiled the package in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and on Thursday tapped five agency heads to educate the public on the effort.
Among the agency heads are Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan Biden says Cabinet ‘looks like America’ at first meeting White House hopes to see infrastructure bill passed by summer MORE, who will appear on ABC’s “This Week” and Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows White House hopes to see infrastructure bill passed by summer MORE, who will appear on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Branded as the “American Jobs Plan,” Biden’s proposal includes repairing 20,000 miles of roads and 10,000 bridges; expanding broadband access to rural and underserved communities; replacing the nation’s lead pipelines and service lines to ensure clean water; investing in research and development and manufacturing; and expanding access to home and community-based care.
To pay for the plan, Biden’s proposal includes an increase of the corporate tax rate, which would pay for the investments over 15 years.
The bill is not likely to gain GOP support a probability that will likely force Democrats to pursue a process called budget reconciliation, which allows the Senate to pass legislation with a simple majority.
This method was used to pass coronavirus relief.
However, Biden faces the added challenge of continuing to court lawmakers within his own party so as not to lose any Democratic votes in a 50-50 Senate. While the attention could focus on moderates, some progressives have indicated that they want to see more included in the infrastructure package.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNumber of migrants detained at southern border reaches 15-year high: reports Klain opens door to reconciliation for infrastructure but hopes for bipartisanship Ocasio-Cortez to Cruz: Your resignation is 84 days past due MORE (D-N.Y.) said last Tuesday that that the proposal wasn’t “nearly enough” to address climate change.
Meanwhile, experts are warning of a possible fourth wave of coronavirus infections.
Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyOvernight Health Care: CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel | Biden bemoans those acting as though COVID-19 fight over | Will vaccine passports be the biggest campaign issue of 2022? CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel New COVID-19 cases climb back above 70,000 in US as vaccinations make progress MORE, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned of “impeding doom” over a possible fourth wave during a White House COVID-19 briefing.
Walensky said last Monday that the seven-day average of new cases is around 60,000 cases per day, rising after they had stagnated.
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciNickelodeon to feature Fauci in clips answering kids’ questions about COVID-19 The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan Whitmer criticizes GOP election reform in video featuring Fauci pillow MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on Thursday that he wouldn’t have used the words “impending doom,” but still warned that the nation shouldn’t let its guard down too quickly.
Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows:
ABC’s “This Week” — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntTrump pollster: Greitens leads big in Missouri GOP Senate primary Juan Williams: The GOP’s big lie on voting rights Conservative think tank comes out in support of taxing stock trade MORE, (R-Mo.)
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Buttigieg; Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerSenate committee advances two Biden environment nominees National service is a bipartisan priority Battle heats up over Pentagon spending plans MORE, (R-Miss.); Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
CBS’s “Face the Nation” — Cecilia RouseCecilia RouseThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – COVID vaccine developments Pelosi, White House recognize Equal Pay Day Biden’s big difference? Diversity MORE, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Rep. Ritchie Torres, (D-N.Y.); Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation; Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm; Gov. Tate Reeves, (R-Miss.); Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar: Capitol security incident would be more deadly if AR-15 involved The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden to talk infrastructure amid border, voting controversies Schumer kicks into reelection mode MORE, (D-Minn.); Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s Morning Report – GOP pounces on Biden’s infrastructure plan Biden risks first major fight with progressives Biden sets off Capitol Hill scramble on spending, taxes MORE, (I-Vt.)
“Fox News Sunday” — Blunt, Osterholm; Brian DeeseBrian DeeseBiden makes inroads with progressives The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Republicans squeeze Biden with 0 billion COVID-19 relief alternative Biden’s push for stimulus checks sparks income eligibility debate MORE, director of the White House’s National Economic Council.
Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General; Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoLack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows As Congress considers infrastructure, don’t forget rural America Hillicon Valley: Another Big Tech hearing | Cyber Command flexes operations | Trump’s social media site in the works MORE (R-WY); Chad WolfChad WolfRussia suspected of massive State Department email hack: report GOP lawmakers ask Mayorkas for documents on warnings from DHS to Biden on immigration Officials say executive order with ‘a dozen’ actions forthcoming after SolarWinds, Microsoft breaches MORE, Former acting DHS Secretary; Candace Owens, Author of “Blackout”
Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave